Governor Nyesom Wike proclaimed today, Wednesday, a public holiday in Rivers State in honor of the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s visit.
Although Wike has the legal authority to do so as the state’s governor, the specific justification in this instance is wholly inappropriate and amounts to blatant abuse of power.
Declaring a public holiday solely due to the upcoming arrival of a president-elect who has not yet assumed full administrative authority is the height of sycophancy and “political eye service.” Wike promotes himself and campaigns for his next political position from his current position.
For those who follow politics, this is Wike’s final opportunity to make a big announcement and ask Tinubu to return the favor by giving his state to the APC, something that even President Buhari, Nasir El Rufai, Ganduje, Simon Lalong, or Abdullahi Adamu were unable to do. Such electoral magic is certainly deserving of high praise.
Nevertheless, despite Wike’s significant role in Tinubu’s victory, the governor of Rivers State would be one of those political foxes that the next president would eventually tame, demystify, and cast aside.
The simple fact is that Wike will be compelled to leave the PDP and join the APC as a full-fledged leader as soon as Tinubu provides him with a ministry job. In this instance, I don’t see Sim Fubara, his political godson, defecting to the APC with Wike.
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In other words, both men would instantly become rivals and be required to submit to one another. This basically suggests that Wike will experience the same fate as Rotimi Amaechi sooner rather than later.
Politics is not really as easy as you might imagine.
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